Pavement plan as 27 new homes get the go-ahead in in Tycroes
PLANS for 27 new homes have been given the go-ahead in Tycroes despite concerns from neighbouring residents over flood risks and pedestrian safety.
Haywood Homes will build a new residential development on land at Parc Gwernen after county planners passed the application.
Some existing residents in the area objected to the plans because they had concerns over drainage and a lack of pavement on the main road to the site. A petition of 223 names had been handed to the county council from residents calling for a pavement on Tycroes Road from the entrance of the Fforestfach estate to Gelli Lane.
Llanedi Community Council had also moved to block the homes being built. In a report to the planning committee the council said: "There is a significant danger to pedestrians along Tycroes Road due to the lack of a pavement and the council has received significant complaints from members of the public using this highway."
Llanedi Council also echoed residents' concern over existing houses in the estate experiencing flooding problems due to the sewer system. Local county councillor Callum Higgins had also raised fears over lack of any pavement to the local park and shops.
He said: "It is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs potentially involving children who also have to walk along the roadway to get to the park in the village."
Dealing with the concerns, head of planning Eifion Bowen said the developer Haywood Homes had agreed a section 106 agreement to plough £45,000 into providing a new pavement and a further £45,000 was being sought from them by the council to pay for a further pavement and bus stop.
Owain Griffiths speaking on behalf of Haywood Homes reassured residents that the plans would not cause issues for residents in terms or water run off and would round off the development in the area.
Councillor Peter Cooper said: "The provision of pavements will be welcomed."